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15 Day Everest Base Camp Trek

More than a mountain, discover Mt Everest along a route dubbed by some as "the steps to heaven," on this 15 day bucket list adventure
Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration
Duration
15 Days and 14 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
15
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12+
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Intense
Meals
Meals
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Kathmandu
What's Included

  • Get up to $200 cash back per person when you book with us

  • All accommodation: hotels, guesthouses and lodges

  • English-speaking local guide and assistants for the trek

  • Porters included on the trek

  • All transport between destinations - including internal flights

  • Guidance from an amazing G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

What to Expect

Mt Everest is more than a mountain and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek.

 

On this 15 Day 14 Night tour, discover a route dubbed by some as "the steps to heaven", with every bend in the trail providing yet another breathtaking photo opportunity.

 

From beautiful forests to Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills, this is experience is ideal for active adventurers not afraid to break a sweat, with a full team of trekking support staff available to bring you close to local cultures before opening a window to the top of the world.

 

On reaching Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and the largest metropolitan of the country, you will get time to get acclimatized to the temperature and see its beautiful locations.

 

Enjoy a breathtaking flight from Kathmandu to Lakla before you go on this adventurous trek and be sure to take a look at the Buddhist inscriptions on the mani stones.

 

On your journey to Tengboche you will witness rhododendron forests and then upon arrival at the Everest base camp, you will also get a chance to witness Changri Glacier. Visit Imja Khola, the highest permanent settlement in the region and admire its gompa, built over the hermitage of Khumbu's saint, Lama Sanga Dorje.

 

Check out what's in store, below!

 

Where we visit

Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrive at any time and feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Please note: Normal check-in times apply at the start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

Days 2: Kathmandu to Phakding Mountain

Enjoy a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmanda into Lukla. Once here, head through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi, the river that flows down the Himalayas, crossing hanging bridges along the way to Phakding alongside your Sherpa guides and porters.

Pass camps and keep an eye out for the manu stones as you spend the next three nights trekking in the area and acclimatizing in preparation for heading to base camp. This is a challenging trip and involves difficult trekking at high altitudes but the whole experience is simply awe-inspiring and worth every step!

Transport: You'll travel by plane today for approx 45 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Accommodation: Guest House

Hike Info: The hike is approximately 4 hours, descending gradually to Thado Koshi for around 2 hours. Then begin the first ascent of the trek which is gradually uphill to Phakding which will take another 2 hours. Elevation: 2652m

 

Day 3 & Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Spend two nights in Namche acclimatising for the trek. An acclimatisation day allows for an excursion to Thame and Khumjung, the green village. Take Everest Base Camp Trek on reaching Namche Bazaar. Spend a day in Namche Bazaar acclimatising to the altitude. There are also treks to the surrounding villages of Thame and Khumjung. These short day walks are designed to give time to get used to high altitude trekking. Keep your eyes open, this is the first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the peak of awesome Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. 

Accommodation: Guest House

Hike Info: Approx 6 hours (9km). Elevation: 3440m

 

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Set out on a trek through woods and rhododendron forests before arriving in Tengboche. The route from Namche to Tengboche route is unbelievably beautiful, the Dudh Kosi is far below and Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest rise in front. Woods, rhododendron forests, mani walls, chorten or stupas, and suspension bridges across the river make this a lovely walk.

Accommodation: Lodge

Hike Info: Approx 6-7 hours (9km). Elevation: 3810m

 

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Trek to Dingboche where we have time to acclimatize. Stone steps lead down through rhododendrons, birches, and conifers where, due to the hunting ban, almost tame pheasants are regularly seen. At the bottom lies the small village of Dingboche and its nunnery. Rising above the tree line, the trail enters alpine meadows of scrub juniper and in summer, a profusion of wildflowers. From Dingboche, the only place in the region where barley is grown, the mountain views are outstanding!

Accommodation: Hotel

Hike Info: Approx 6 hours (8km). Elevation: 4410m

 

Day 7: Dingboche

An acclimatization day here can be used to hike up the Imja Khola to Chhukung or Nagarzhang Peak, a small summer settlement from where stunning views of Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and the fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha pass can be seen. These views are one of the highlights of the entire trek. Enjoy some time away from the trek to adjust to the higher altitude. Take it easy, enjoy the scenery, drink plenty of fluids and prepare for the next day's hiking. Enjoy an optional trek to Chhukung and take in the wonderful scenery as you hike.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

Hike along the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche, which has spectacular views of Nuptse. Then head to the Everest Base Camp Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche. The ascent towards Everest Base Camp continues through Alpine meadows and summer yak pastures towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. At the moraine, there are stone monuments to six sherpas who died in an avalanche, as well as monuments to other climbers. From here, it is a steep, tough climb towards the village of Gorak Shep. Continue on towards Lobuche, where the view is straight towards Nuptse and the sunset is truly magnificent.

Accommodation: Lodge

Hike Info: Approx 5 hours (7km). Elevation: 4900m

 

Day 9: Everest Base Camp

Today includes a challenging climb past the Khumbu Glacier, arriving in Nuptse. We'll cross the Changri Glacier to Gorakshep, and then enjoy the highlight of reaching Everest Base Camp. Continue your Everest Base Camp Trek travelling from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. The higher altitude makes this day's trekking quite challenging. The Changri Glacier looms ahead as the trek heads for Gorakshep, a small, usually frozen, lake, by lunchtime. Relax and get adjusted to the altitude before the attempt to reach Everest Base Camp. Then have lunch and continue your trek from Gorak Shep to Mount Everest and reach Everest Base Camp. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier with its intriguing 15m high seraces of ice, a feature unique to Himalayan glaciers. Return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge

Hike Info: Approx 7 hours (6km). Elevation: Lobuche – Gorak Shep 5184m and Gorak Shep – Mount Everest 5300m

 

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Pheriche

Try to see a different view of Everest today, with an early morning trek up to Kala Pattar. Known to have the best views of Everest, this is a challenging trek, but worth it on a clear day. Begin the descent from Kala Pattar, heading for Pheriche. This is not the most challenging of hikes, but the altitude can make the many uphill sections below Gorakshep seem tough. Stop to look around; the views are quite spectacular! 

Accommodation: Hotel

Hike Info: Approx 11 hours (15km). Elevation: 4270m

 

Day 11: Pheriche to Tengboche

Continue your return Everest Base Camp Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche. Descend the Imja Khola past Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement in the region. Its gompa, the oldest in Khumbu, is built over the hermitage of Khumbu’s saint, Lama Sanga Dorje. The juniper trees on either side are said to have sprung from hair cut from his head, and a rock like projection is said to be a piece of mountainside he pulled out for protection one day.

Accommodation: Hotel

Hike Info: Approx 5-6 hours. Elevation: 3840m

 

Day 12: Tengboche to Monjo

Continue the downhill descent from Tengboche, heading for Monjo. Follow the ascents and descents on the path and enjoy the view.

Accommodation: Hotel

Hike Info: Approx 9 hours (16-17km). Elevation: 2835m

 

Day 13: Monjo to Lukla

The final day of our trek takes us back from Monjo to Lukla, where we have a chance to relax after the rigorous adventure we just undertook.

Accommodation: Lodge

Hike Info: Approx 7 hours (16km). Elevation: 2860m

 

Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu

Take the short flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing in one of the many rooftop cafes.

Accommodation: Hotel

Transport: You'll travel by plane today for approx 45 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu.

 

Day 15: Kathmandu

Depart at any time. If you are not ready to leave, your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure!

Frequently Asked Questions

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

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Yes; this tour is quite challenging. Expect serious high-altitude hikes, cycling or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

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Made for the outdoor types, this tour includes lots of hiking, trekking, biking, rafting and kayaking.

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Allow $360 - $470 USD for meals. Eating is a big part of traveling. On this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

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Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Some nights will be spent in hotels and guest houses, the other nights, in tea houses/lodges. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.

Couples: Please note that due to the variety of accommodation used in Central America, couples will be split into separate rooms when we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.

Singles: Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

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A tea house is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are sparse with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or western style. Most tea houses have running water. The majority of tea houses only have cold showers, a few may have hot water available at an additional cost. However, we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.

There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. Some tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.

During a tea house trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the tea house, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every tea house serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and french fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the tea houses and trail side restaurants. And, of course, Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.

All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.

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For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher.

When arriving into Tribhuvan Intl Airport in Kathmandu you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 700-800 NPR. Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi.

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This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a water-proof duffel that we will provide.

The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 10kg/22lbs per passenger. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla only allows for a weight limit of 10kg/22lbs for luggage, and 5kg/11lbs for hand luggage. Some of your luggage can be left in Kathmandu (the hotel may charge a storage fee), but you will need to take all your trekking gear with you.

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

 

The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.

 

Packing List

Available for Rent:
• Sleeping bag (100 - 200 NPR per day)

Cold Weather:
• Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
• Scarf
• Warm gloves
• Warm hat
• Warm layers

Conservative Dress:
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Rubber gloves

High Altitude Trekking:
• Down jacket (Recommended for winter season)
• Hiking boots (Worn frequently prior to departure)
• Pack liners to waterproof bags
• Reusable water bottler - minimum 1 litre (Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best)
• Sandals (For wearing around camp in the evenings)
• Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season
• Spare boot laces
• Thermal base layer
• Waterproof gloves
• Whistle
• Windproof rain gear
• Wool socks

Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

Please be aware that for this trip 3 passport sized photo's are required for the permits needed. You will also need to have,
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

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All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $30: Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $50 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $125

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  • The minimum age for clients traveling on this tour is 12

  • An adult over the age of 18 must accompany each child under the age of 18. It is imperative that one adult accompany each child

  • The supplier reserves the right to restrict the number of travelers under the age of 18 on tours

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  • For a tour departing between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, travellers will be permitted to cancel their confirmed tour services, pre- or post tour accommodation services, extra services, or transfer services at any time prior to 14 days from the date of tour departure at no charge if they also rebook another tour service and/or reschedule travel to a later date, which later date must be within two years of the initial departure date.

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  • For tours booked to depart between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, the traveller will be responsible to pay the difference if the rebooked tour is priced higher than the original tour and will receive a travel credit for the difference that will be kept on file with The Supplier for two years from the date of rebooking if the rebooked tour is priced lower than the original tour.


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